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Mixed Signals: U. S. Human Rights Policy and Latin America / Edition 1

Mixed Signals: U. S. Human Rights Policy and Latin America / Edition 1

by Kathryn Sikkink


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Mixed Signals: U. S. Human Rights Policy and Latin America / Edition 1

"Nowhere did two understandings of U.S. identity—human rights and anticommunism—come more in conflict with each other than they did in Latin America. To refocus U.S. policy on human rights and democracy required a rethinking of U.S. policy as a whole. It required policy makers to choose between policies designed to defeat communism at any cost and those that remain within the bounds of the rule of law."—from the Introduction

Kathryn Sikkink believes that the adoption of human rights policy represents a positive change in the relationship between the United States and Latin America. In Mixed Signals she traces a gradual but remarkable shift in U.S. foreign policy over the last generation. By the 1970s, an unthinking anticommunist stance had tarnished the reputation of the U.S. government throughout Latin America, associating Washington with tyrannical and often brutally murderous regimes. Sikkink recounts the reemergence of human rights as a substantive concern, showing how external pressures from activist groups and the institution of a human rights bureau inside the State Department have combined to remake Washington's agenda, and its image, in Latin America. The current war against terrorism, Sikkink warns, could repeat the mistakes of the past unless we insist that the struggle against terrorism be conducted with respect for human rights and the rule of law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801474194
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Series: A Century Foundation Book Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 567,207
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kathryn Sikkink is the Arleen C. Carlson Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Ideas and Institutions: Developmentalism in Brazil and Argentina and coauthor with Margaret E. Keck of Activists beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics, also from Cornell, winner of the 1999 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.

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